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  •  Almost amazing to consider (12+ / 0-)

    When I think of the Computing power the NSA is building that will allow them to essentially get information on every American who communicates using everything but line of sight hand signals, and connect the dots to get a complete profile,  why we need a person's honesty and a huge budget to kick out pick-up warrants for people who have acquired guns against the law.

    We seem to have a fervent desire to use the powers that the NSA and other agencies have access to illegally, but fear unholy consequences if we were to use it legally.

    In short, we have all the information we need and with Photo-matching technology, along with eyes, fingerprints etc, we have the ability to check and flag based on a simple image taken when a person picks up a gun. The same kind of image that we take when they get their driver's license. Using the convoluted logic that seems to drive us off every freeway we try to enter, we want information on people that may be involved or prepping to be involved in terrorism but not if they are apply for the use of a gun.

    That's why I wonder why we don't ask for a law with a title like "Taking Responsibility". The responsibility for Anything bad that happens with a firearm  goes to the person who owns it at the time. If no physical ownership information can be obtained, then responsibility goes back to the last person or company that had title to that gun.

    A law like this bypasses all the Bullshit and gets right to the heart of the matter. The people who are making significant profits of the manufacture and sale of firearms could conceivable own in whole or in part all the problems that firearm caused the day it comes off the assembly line.

    You can bet your bottom buck that there would be a wholesale change in background check attitudes depending on how the law was written. I say do it like the pros. Make it a 44 pages amendment to an omnibus spending bill that has gone down to the wire and use liberal does of legal doublespeak with a gazillion references/changes to bills no one has read for years and can't find even if they had the energy/motivation. When people ask what the bill is about: Just like it says "Personal Responsibility Act of 2013"

    It sounds kind of like the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000. You know the one that blew up the world?

    •  they have "taking responsibility" (1+ / 0-)
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      here in Germany

      The father of a school shooter in Winnenden, near Stuttgart, was sentenced to 19 months for allowing his diagnosed. mentally ill son, access to his guns and ammunition which by lawshould have been locked in his weapon safe.  His son, who died in the 2009 incident, killed 15 kids and wounded 14 more.

      However, there seems to be a due process mistake and it is going to retrial

      sorry this is only in German
      Winnenden-Prozess muss neu aufgerollt werden...

      Don't be a dick, be a Democrat! Oppose CPI cuts! Support Social Security and Veteran Benefits!

      by Jeffersonian Democrat on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 04:14:02 AM PST

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    •  here's the wiki in english (2+ / 0-)
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      on the father and his 19 mo. suspended sentence

      Police raided the Kretschmer family house at about 11:00 a.m. on the day of the shooting. Tim Kretschmer's father legally owned 15 guns as a member of a local marksmen club ("Schützenverein" in German).[2] One 9 mm Beretta handgun was found missing, along with several hundred rounds of ammunition.[7][44] Fourteen of the guns were kept in a gun safe, while the Beretta had been kept unsecured in the bedroom.[45]
      Five days after the event, prosecutors initiated preliminary proceedings against the father for negligent homicide, since the gun had not been properly locked away as required by law.[46] The police confiscated the 14 remaining guns. The father announced that he would voluntarily relinquish his gun ownership authorization.[19]
      In November 2009, the Public Prosecutor's Department in Stuttgart announced that the father had been indicted on charges of negligent homicide, bodily injury caused by negligence, and violation of the weapons law.[47] On 10 February 2011, the state court in Stuttgart found the father guilty of involuntary manslaughter in 15 cases, bodily harm caused by negligence and the negligent abandonment of a weapon. The father received a suspended sentence of one year and nine months,[48] and appealed the verdict.[49]

      Don't be a dick, be a Democrat! Oppose CPI cuts! Support Social Security and Veteran Benefits!

      by Jeffersonian Democrat on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 04:20:50 AM PST

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